December 3, 2020

Santa Claus came to town…. in a VW Beetle!

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Heather Bodden presents Cardinal DaCosta with a crystal plaque of appreciation (photo by Christopher Tobutt)

Santa rode in – in a convertible VW Beetle with a little Christmas tree growing out of it to the tune of “Here comes Santa Claus.”

It was the Seniors Christmas Party at Savannah Newlands playfield. Everyone at the playfield on Pedro Castle Road was there to have a great time.

Noel Wallace and Orville Daniels provided Christmas music, as all the seniors enjoyed a delicious Chinese meal.

Later in the evening Heather Bodden, Chairperson of Sav-New CoDAC (Savannah/Newlands Community Development Action Committee) who organised the party, presented an inscribed crystal plaque to four officers from the Bodden Town Police station, in recognition of all the hard work they have done in the district in keeping people safe and sound, as well as all the support they have shown for CoDAC’s many events.

Ms Bodden also presented a plaque to Cardinal DaCosta who has supported Savannah’s Christmas parties for more than 20 years by singing songs and playing his guitar.

Mr DaCosta then gave everyone a treat by singing the Christmas song, ‘Silver Bells’.

Four children, Jamal and Jenel Rankine, and Khyler and Keira Oliver who had been busy saving their loose change throughout the year, presented it to Olive Miller, for the Pines Retirement Home
Building Fund.

Two more, Katie and Army DaCosta who had also saved their pocket money throughout the year, presented it to 10 seniors who found a lucky number on the back of their chairs.

Santa was there too, giving out gifts from a raffle, such as Christmas wreaths, candles and vases, which had all been generously donated by AL Thompson’s Home Depot.

Jeanie DaCosta receives a Christmas wreath from Santa, during the Sav-New CoDAC Seniors Christmas Party in Savannah. The party was made possible by the contributions from many individuals and businesses. Children joined in the celebrations too by donating money they had saved up during the year, and seniors all received gifts and special raffle prizes.

There was a ticket to Cayman Brac donated by Cayman Airways, and three cell phones donated from LIME.

Each of the seniors also received gift baskets containing toiletries, donated by CoDAC, and 25 seniors received turkeys for their Christmas dinner, provided by Progressive Distributors.

Ms Bodden spoke about the satisfaction she gets from giving back to the community: “This has been a labour of love for many years. When I give there’s a warm feeling of joy and fulfillment, because I’m just so elated seeing the smiling faces and happy people. My challenge is to other people to do the same thing,” she said.

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